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Check Out the Homoground Podcast

Homoground is a queer (identified & allied) podcast focusing on bands, events, and organizations that often get overlooked by mainstream publications and platforms. Run by Lynn Casper, and based out of Brooklyn, the podcast’s first episode aired in January 2011 and has quickly become a favorite of the queer community.

Casper, who was born in the Philippines, and grew up in North Carolina, became inspired to start the podcast as an outlet for a part of them that had been kept repressed, and as a way to connect with others who were in similar situations. They used the podcast to talk about music they’d discovered and to draw attention to bands that were touring in the area – always making sure to focus on artists who didn’t have easy access to a broad range of exposure otherwise.

“We aren’t blindly picking songs out of a catalog,” Casper says, “Bands seek us out and oftentimes confess their biggest challenges and successes to us. And this shit is real, people dealing with real struggles; with their music, their personal life, their identity/sexuality, mental health. The honesty of the music we feature is incredibly powerful.”

By being accessible online, Homoground is able to reach so many people all over the globe, which is super important. Homoground provides a way for people living in remote areas to feel connected. Casper recently launched a Patreon to help keep Homoground running, which is essential since it’s mostly funded out of pocket, with the help of occasional sponsors. With more funding, they’re looking to bring on more producers & hosts to create consistently better content along the lines of interviews and video series.

“The dream is to become the Queer version of MTV,” Casper says.

The motivation to continue doing Homoground is not only to provide a platform for musicians to get their music out there but to eventually be able to provide financial opportunities to artists and musicians because it’s hard for queers to make a buck these days!

Check out the website here

Listen to the podcast on iTunes here

 

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Debut Stream: cln – Sideways EP

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Stream: cln – Sideways EP

Sideways is the debut EP from Brisbane’s newest electronic wunderkid cln, featuring five glorious examples of chilled downtempo, electronic bliss.

The EP’s lead single “Better Than” took the world by storm, reaching #1 on Hype Machine within just three days of its release, and amassing over 125,000 plays on Soundcloud since. Following closely behind was the EP’s title-track, which quickly strengthened the anticipation of what else this 19 year old newcomer had up his sleeve.

Also accompanying the EP is an intoxicating remix cln has produced for fellow Brisbane-bred producer, Golden Vessel.

Listen: Golden Vessel – Stairwell (cln Remix)

Upcoming Shows:
Saturday, August 8 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (w/ Willow Beats & Tincture)
Saturday, August 9 – Rabbit Radio’s 2nd Birthday Event, Gold Coast
Saturday, August 16 – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Friday, August 29 – The Zoo, Brisbane (w/ The Aston Shuffle & Just A Gent)
Sideways EP is available now from iTunes

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Video: Slaptop – “Sunrise”

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SLAPTOP DJ:
7/26: Los Angeles, CA @ The Standard Downtown (stage 1-2pm)
8/2: San Francisco, @ The Independent (w/ Viceroy, Autograf)

“From ethereal bells to organic percussion, vocoded vocals to glitched out hi-hats, and even a trumpet that shreds (YES. A TRUMPET. THAT SHREDS.), it’s hard to believe this is Slaptop‘s first release.” – Kick Kick Snare

“Don’t mistake the carefree sounds for something overly simple, though, because his ability to blend together jazz, house, and pop into a well-balanced song is second to none.” – Hilly Dilly

Only three weeks ago, Slaptop’s debut track “Sunrise” came out and immediately shot to the top 5 of iTunes’ electronic charts and top 3 of the Hype Machine charts. Now, the track’s video premiered via SPIN, which called it “…influence of the electronic-funk of Daft Punk, Slaptop decorates the “Sunrise” with twinkly xylophone and super auto-tuned vocals that suggest we all “go out in the darkness and look for the sun.” 

The single was revealed via This Song Is Sick, which gathered over 100,000 streams in the first 2 days.

Also listen: Zhu – “Faded” (Slaptop Remix)

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Video: Jungle – “Time”

DEBUT ALBUM STREAMING NOW VIA ITUNES

London collective Jungle has premiered the video for latest album cut “Time”.

The “Time” video arrives a week before the release of Jungle’s highly anticipated, eponymous debut album out July 15 (14th in the UK) on XL Recordings. Identified by Rolling Stone as a “New Artist You Need To Know”, Jungle has already been described by New York Times as a beguiling and promising introduction“, by NME as ” the pop-art album of the summer” and Time Out exclaims “the group’s steamy, grooving, creeping neo-soul tracks are something pretty special.” Jungle is available to stream in full exclusively via ITUNES.

Meanwhile the collective will return to the states this fall with a seven-piece Jungle live experience that will perform on over 20 dates across North America, in the largest set of rooms the group has played to date.  The group will also make stops at Lollapalooza, Treasure Island and Corona Capital Music Festivals. See full list of dates below.

JUNGLE North America Sept./Oct. Tour Dates

Sat. 8/2                      Chicago, IL                            Lollapalooza

Fri. 9/19                      Los Angeles, CA                 The Fonda Theatre

Sat. 9/20                    Solana Beach, CA                Belly Up Tavern

Mon. 9/22                  Phoenix, AZ                          The Crescent Ballroom

Wed. 9/24                 Austin, TX                              The Mohawk

Thurs. 9/25                 Dallas, TX                               Fitzgerald’s                

Fri. 9/26                      New Orleans, LA                  Republic

Sat. 9/27                    Atlanta, GA                            Terminal West

Sun. 9/28                   Nashville, TN                         Exit In

Tues. 9/30                 Washington D.C.                  Black Cat

Weds. 10/1               Brooklyn, NY                         Warsaw

Thurs. 10/2                 New York, NY                       Irving Plaza

Fri. 10/3                      Cambridge, MA                   The Sinclair

Sat. 10/4                    Montreal, QC                          Le Belmont

Mon. 10/6                  Toronto, ON                          Danforth Music Hall

Tues. 10/7                 Pontiac, MI                             Crofoot Ballroom

Wed. 10/8                 Chicago, IL                            Thalia Music Hall

Thurs. 10/9                 Minneapolis, MN                  First Avenue

Sat. 10/11                  Mexico City                           Corona Capital Music Festival

Tues. 10/14               Vancouver, BC                     The Imperial

Weds. 10/14             Seattle, WA                          The Showbox

Thurs. 10/15              Portland, OR                          Wonder Ballroom

Sat. 10/18                  San Francisco, CA                Treasure Island Music Festival

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Video: Lewis Watson – “Stay”

Lewis Watson is set to release his long-awaited debut album The Morning in the US on June 17th. Demonstrating Lewis’ powers as a songwriter, The Morning combines fully-realised reworkings of select songs from his early EPs with plethora of new material – including instant grat track “Halo,” “Stay” and much more. These new songs take Lewis’ stripped-back, guitar-and-voice roots to a new level of richer, more textured soundscapes.

In 2012, Lewis Watson self-released his debut EP It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW after establishing a devoted online fan-base. It topped the iTunes singer-songwriter chart on the first day of release, outselling the likes of Adele, Madonna and Ed Sheeran in the process, and landed the then nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

In addition to critical acclaim, all five of his EPs to date have hit the Top 10 at iTunes, each building upon the sales of the previous release. Meanwhile, his online following is phenomenal: 5 million YouTube plays; 100,000 likes at Facebook; 5 million streams at Spotify; and 70,000 Twitter followers.

Fans who purchase The Morning iTunes pre-order, available now, will receive an instant download of new album track “Halo”.

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Falls – “Home”

Sydney folk duo Falls, who released their debut EP Into The Fire last month via Universal Music Group’s Verve Records, have unveiled a playful new lyric video for EP single “Home.” The video uses an array of visually striking cut-out images to set a bright and cheerful backdrop for the song.
 
Falls is Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown, whose intertwining vocals perfectly compliment one another to breathe life into their heartfelt lyrics.
Into the Fire is now available via iTunes
 
 

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Kid Cudi’s New Album: Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon

Click image to head over to iTunes and get the new album!

Click image to head over to iTunes and get the new album!

Album Stream: Kid Cudi – Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon

Kid Cudi wowed fans with the release of his full-length new album, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon [Wicked Awesome / Republic Records], at midnight on iTunes and all other digital retailers in North America.

Surprising countless fans worldwide, the Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer, and actor uncovered the album today without any prior hints or notice at all. It’s also only available in its entirety for one week as a full album purchase.

Cudi has been secretly preparing his latest work since wrapping up his last tour supporting 2013’s critically regarded chart-topper, Indicud, which was the #1 hip-hop album in the country upon release.

Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon once again sees the artist steering hip-hop to another galaxy altogether. Already, he gave listeners a taste of the set with the transfixing “Going To The Ceremony”. The album also includes a detour into “space” soul with Raphael Saadiq entitled “Balmain Jeans”, marking their first collaboration. Tempering otherworldly production with his inimitable vocal hooks and divine flow, it’s another entrancing and enigmatic vision from the rap auteur.

Tracklisting:

  1. Destination: Mother Moon
  2. Going To the Ceremony
  3. SATELLITE FLIGHT
  4. Copernicus Landing
  5. Balmain Jeans feat. Raphael Saadiq
  6. Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now
  7. Internal Bleeding
  8. In My Dreams 2015
  9. Return Of The Moon Man (Original Score)
  10. Troubled Boy

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Pompeya Released Tropical Remixed Album

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Pompeya has finally released their remix album Tropical Remixed. The record features remixes of each of the tracks off the bands first US release Tropical.

Stream: Pompeya – Tropical Remixed

Buy on iTunes: Pompeya – Tropical Remixed 

 

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Brand New: Phantogram – “Fall In Love”

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Phantogram have set February 18, 2014 as the release date for their forthcoming new album, Voices.

This is the critically acclaimed New York duo’s first major-label full-length, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated albums of the new year. The pre-order for Voices went live yesterday

Pre-order via iTunes

Pre-order via Amazon

Moreover, fans who pre-order from iTunes will receive an instant download of the band’s brand new single “Fall In Love”, which is also available at other digital retailers today, and as the A-side of a limited-edition 7″ vinyl single at physical retailers in early 2014.

Before the official radio add date, “Fall In Love” is already captivating radio gatekeepers and fans alike. Its effect proved so powerful that multiple stations in major markets added the song into early rotation. Over the past week “Fall In Love” has become the most-added track at Alternative Radio, and it continues to rise. Feedback has been just as astounding.

The song itself sees duo Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter craft a cerebral and charismatic gateway into the record’s lush landscapes and entrancing lyricism. It’s elegant electronic alternative pop fortified by hip-hop futurism and electro soul. You’ll instantly fall for it.

Phantogram will be performing on the West Coast during the week of the record’s release, making the following stops:

02.20.14          Oakland, CA               Fox Theatre
02.22.14          Los Angeles, CA         Wiltern Theatre
02.23.14          Ventura, CA                Ventura Theatre

Voices follows up the group’s celebrated self-titled EP, which spawned the track “Black Out Days”. Phantogram performed the song on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in the midst of a triumphant fall tour that saw the pair and their live band headline numerous sold-out houses as well as an unforgettable performance at the historic Hollywood Bowl supporting M83.

Recorded in Los Angeles with co-producer John Hill (Santigold, MIA), Voices resounds immortally. Phantograms full-length debut Eyelid Movies [2010, Barsuk] and Nightlife EP [2011, Barsuk] established them as one of music’s most intriguing indie outfits. Soon, the likes of The Flaming Lips and Big Boi [Outkast] began seeking them out for studio collaborations. Republic Records also recognized their spirit and joined forces with them in 2013.

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Video: Kyle Andrews – “Crystal Ball”

Kyle’s style lands somewhere between the whimsy of fun., the plucky pitter-patter of Good Old War, and the vocal expressiveness of Conor Oberst.” 
– MTV Buzzworthy

“…a starburst of drums and synths…” – NYLON

Listen: Kyle Andrews – “The Way To Wonder”

Kyle Andrews LP Brighter Than The Sun out now! Check it out on iTunes here.

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